JoJo Kemp’s comments about beating Florida took off like wildfire today, to the point that someone at Florida put them on a poster and hung it in the Gators’ locker room. You can look at this a number of ways. On one hand, it’s never good to give the other team bulletin board material, but at the same time, what does it say about Florida that they’ve beaten us 27 times in a row and still use JoJo’s comments as motivation? As someone pointed out on Twitter today, when has UK football ever created bulletin board material for the other team?
While the outcome of the game will decide whether JoJo’s comments are epic or an epic fail, it got me thinking about the great moments in Kentucky trash talk history. Here are just a few I can remember…
March 1999: Jamaal Magloire to Wally Szczerbiak
Magloire loved to talk trash, and couldn’t resist getting into Wally Szczerbiak’s head when the Cats played Miami in the 1999 Midwest Regional. After UK won, Magloire told reporters what he told Wally. “I told him it was my world. I told him it’s Jamaal’s world and he’s just a small fry living in it.”
And then he ran over the mascot:
October 2006: Dicky Lyons, Jr. guarantees, then delivers, a win over Mississippi State
If UK football has had one famous trash talker over its history, it’s Dicky Lyons, Jr. Back in 2006, Lyons guaranteed a victory over Mississippi State in a press conference, and a week later, had a career game to help the Cats beat the Bulldogs 34-31 in Starkville. Lyons had eight catches for 117 yards and one touchdown, which was an incredible one-handed grab at the back of the endzone:
Lyons later said that while Rich Brooks was mad and made him run a lot of gassers after practice, the other players joined him because they respected his confidence.
February 2010: DeMarcus Cousins to Mississippi State: “Call Me”
After Mississippi State fans found his cell phone number and left several nasty voicemails, DeMarcus Cousins did most of his talking on the court, putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds against the Bulldogs in Starkville. However, Boogie being Boogie, he couldn’t help but flash the “Call me” sign to the crowd after a big dunk.
March 2011: Anthony Davis to Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear: “You all lost to Morehead State”
Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis filmed a video during the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game, and it’s pretty much 10 minutes of non-stop trash talk. However, Davis won the day when he grabbed the mic and told Wayne and Chane “You all lost to Morehead State,” a zinger that rendered the Louisville signees speechless. Even they had to laugh at that one.
March 2011: DeAndre Liggins to West Virginia “Do the John Wall now!”
We all remember UK’s loss to West Virginia back in 2010. It was awful. DeAndre Liggins definitely remembers it, and didn’t miss out on the opportunity to get a little revenge when the Cats beat the Mountaineers in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. That’s just one of Liggins’ many trash talking moments, which include his trademark line of “Don’t do it,” his non-stop banter with Scotty Hopson, and this rant we can only see against UNC in the Elite Eight:
November 2011: Tennessee’s Da’Rick Rogers: “Now we have to go beat Kentucky – like we always do.”
Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rodgers was so cocky after the Vols beat Vandy (!) that he told reporters, “Now we have to go beat Kentucky – like we always do.” No word on how Rodgers felt after Kentucky snapped the 26-game losing streak against UT the next week…with a wide receiver at QB.
August 2012: High schooler talks trash to John Wall, gets schooled
Back in 2012, Tyrek Coger was considered the 60th best center in ESPN’s 2013 rankings, and talked some major smack to John Wall, who challenged him to a game of one-on-one. The results are priceless.
March 2013: Marshall Henderson to the fake Ryan Harrow account
Remember that time Marshall Henderson, notorious trash talker, talked trash to a fake Ryan Harrow account? Someone impersonating Harrow provoked Marshall on Twitter, and Marshall responded because he’s Marshall. He’s deleted the tweets since, but he told (fake) Harrow to “HA get to the tournament bitch before you talk shit to a #BOSS, howd that NIT go? HAHAHAHAHA” and “talkin shit … please tell him to take that NIT ass to the back of the bus LOL, you bout to get cut #bum.”
Wow. While Marshall had a point about that whole NIT thing, it’s worth pointing out that he ended his career 0-3 against the Cats.
June 2013: Dorian Hendrix and Mikel Horton roast Louisville about not getting Mike Edwards
In June 2013, safety Mike Edwards chose Kentucky over several schools, including Louisville, which led to Edwards’ fellow 2014 UK commits Dorian Hendrix and Mikel Horton engaging in their first smack talk session with the Cards:
Louisville thought they had him hahhha…….. Sike #BBN
— Dorian Hendrix (@D_Hendrix14) June 10, 2013
Screw Louisville we got that boy @M__Edwards6
— AD#4 (@mikelhorton1) June 10, 2013
Well, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Mark Stoops’ recruits, it’s that they’re not shy. Also, while JoJo’s comments weren’t exactly wise, if the Cats do win on Saturday, he’ll be a Kentucky football legend.